Killer Colt By Harold
Schechter, out now A history of the Colt brothers, one who invented the
famous handgun and the other who went on trial for gruesomely murdering a
man in New York. To Sound in the Know: This 1840s O.J. trial is known
for its gruesome details and for elevating the prominence (but not the
standards) of tabloid journalism.
House: A Novel By Nicole Krauss, out now Four stories, eight chapters,
themes of loss and sorrow, all linked together through time and space
by… a desk. Must be one magical desk. To Sound in the Know: This is
Krauss’ third novel, which puts her one up on writer husband Jonathan Safran Foer. Plus, she’s given birth twice. Clearly she’s winning.
Track By Joseph O’Neill, out now The New York-based novelist delves
into his own past in this true-crime history about why both of his
grandfathers were imprisoned (one in Ireland, one in Turkey) during
World War II.
To Sound in the Know: O’Neill’s 2008 novel Netherland won
the PEN/Faulkner Award, which is remarkable since he had to spend half
the book introducing Americans to the rules of cricket.
A Novel By Philip Roth, out now Roth returns to mid-century Newark
(will he ever leave?) to tell the story of Bucky Cantor, a playground
director who runs away to the Poconos. To Sound in the Know: This is
Roth’s 1,251st novel. Or something like that.
Science By Ben Goldacre, out Oct. 12 Goldacre examines the absurd, the
bogus, the untrue and the insane science that appears in our society. To
Sound in the Know: Goldacre writes a column of the same name in The Guardian.
in Siberia By Ian Frazier, out Oct.12 The humorist and essayist hits
the road and heads to Eastern Russia, which he explores with his
trademark wit and boundless curiosity. To Sound in the Know: Frazier has
worked for the Harvard Lampoon, Playboy and now, The New Yorker. Satire, sex and snobbery—quite the career path.
Palo Alto: Stories By James Franco, out Oct. 19 The actor currently starring as Allen Ginsberg in Howl reveals
his inner poet in this short story collection about the California
suburbs of his childhood. To Sound in the Know: Over the last several
years, Franco has studied writing at UCLA, Columbia, Brooklyn College
and is currently getting his PhD at Yale.